FIFA 

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – News – CONMEBOL confirms Qatar 2022 qualifying dates

CONMEBOL qualifiers for Qatar 2022 will begin in March 2020 The ten teams will play each other home and away There will be 18 matchdays and an international play-off The South American qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ will begin in March 2020, as confirmed by the Confederacion Sudamericana de Futbol (CONMEBOL) Council after a meeting held on Thursday 24 January in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The decision was made due to the fact that the World Cup will be played between 21 November and 18 December 2022.…

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Science 

West Mersea mammoth tusk ‘dates back 12,000 years’

Image copyright CITiZAN: Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeologica Image caption The 6ft (2m) long tusk has been made into a 3D model A mammoth tusk discovered during an unusually low tide could be up to 12,000 years old, experts believe. The 6ft (2m) tusk, which was found off the coast of Mersea Island, Essex, dates back to the Devensian, or last glacial period. It was found by archaeologists last March, who said the tusk was exposed for just 30 minutes and was too fragile to lift. Project officer Stephanie Ostrich…

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Brexit blind dates: Dustin Lance Black and Ulrika Jonsson

What happens when two strong-minded individuals from opposite sides of the Brexit debate sit down for dinner? To find out, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme has organised a series of blind dates. Dustin Lance Black is an Oscar-winning screenwriter, married to Olympic diver Tom Daley, who believes the UK would be better off remaining in the EU. Ulrika Jonsson is best known for her TV presenting, and staunchly believes in Brexit. They went into the meal without knowing who they would be meeting. But did they get on? Dustin Lance…

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Viewpoint: ‘Why most men should pay on first dates’

Image copyright Anne Rucchetto Image caption Anne believes issues like the gender pay gap should be taken into account Anne Rucchetto, 27, is a writer living in Toronto, Canada. As part of the BBC’s 100 Women series, she writes about why it matters who picks up the bill. When I first began dating, my mother warned me that there was “no such thing as a free drink”. She would elaborate gravely: “Men will think you owe them something.” I know my mother didn’t mean to fill me with dread, but…

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Brexit blind dates: June Sarpong and ex-Stig Perry McCarthy

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWatch the best bits of June and Perry’s date What happens when two strong-minded individuals from opposite sides of the Brexit debate sit down for dinner? To find out, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme has organised a series of blind dates. June Sarpong is a broadcaster who campaigned for Remain. Perry McCarthy is an ex-racing driver who became the first Stig on Top Gear, and is firmly opposed to the EU. They went into the meal without knowing who they would be…

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Brexit blind dates: Zara McDermott and Magid Magid

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWatch the best bits of Zara and Magid’s date What happens when two strong-minded individuals from opposite sides of the Brexit debate sit down for dinner? To find out, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme has organised a series of blind dates. Love Island’s Zara McDermott, who recently quit her role as a policy advisor in the civil service so says she can now speak freely, is pro-Brexit. Magid Magid, Lord Mayor of Sheffield, supports the Green Party and wants another referendum. They…

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Tesco ditches ‘best before’ dates on more fruit and veg

Image copyright Tesco Tesco is removing “best before” dates from another 116 fruit and vegetable products in a move the supermarket says will help consumers cut food waste. In May, the UK’s biggest grocer successfully trialled removing labels from 70 pre-packaged fresh food lines. Tesco said research showed scrapping best-before dates helped consumers keep “perfectly good food” for longer. However, its yellow sticker promotions, where prices are marked down, will continue in all stores. Tesco employees will use their own judgement to decide when to mark down the products with…

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Brexit: Key dates and potential hurdles

Image copyright EPA When MPs return from their summer recess, Britain’s departure from the EU will be fast approaching. Here are the key dates and parliamentary battles on the road to Brexit. 2018 20 September – EU leaders are expected to discuss Brexit, although a full summit has been ruled out 17-18 October – EU summit. This has been seen as a deadline for an agreement setting out the terms of UK-EU “divorce” – the so-called withdrawal agreement – to allow enough time for the UK Parliament and the European…

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Ryanair cabin crew announce European strike dates

Image copyright Reuters Cabin crew at Ryanair based in Italy, Portugal, Spain and Belgium say they will strike in late July. Cabin crew in Italy will go on strike for 24-hours on 25 July, while crew in Spain, Portugal and Belgium will strike for 48 hours on 25-26 July. Unions said further action may follow if the Irish airline does not make concessions on some employment terms. On Wednesday the unions issued a list of changes they wanted to their terms and conditions. They include a request to be paid…

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Tesco removes ‘best before’ dates on some fruit and veg

Image copyright Getty Images Tesco is removing “best before” labels from many of its fresh produce lines, which it says will help reduce waste. The supermarket will remove the advice from about 70 pre-packaged produce lines to avoid “perfectly edible food” being thrown away. The items that will lose the label include apples, potatoes, tomatoes, lemons, other citrus fruit and onions. “Best before” labels indicate that the quality of a product may deteriorate after the date indicated. In contrast “use by” dates indicate when it becomes less safe to consume…

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